Island View Elementary PTA

January 2020 Newsletter

Principal's Message

Dear Island View Families:

Welcome to 2020! I hope you enjoyed a festive and restful holiday season with friends and family.

That said, the holidays can be a taxing and stressful time for adults and children. I must admit, I’m looking forward to returning to the routine of being at Island View and resuming our wonderful work with your students.

As part of my holiday greeting to staff before the start of winter break, I shared the following story:


As I was leaving school one recent evening, I stopped to admire the simplicity of the little white flowers in my office and noticed one button-head was looking away from me and toward the wall. I chuckled out loud and thought to myself, “That flower reminds me of… (a “defiant” student I had worked with that day).

Then it hit me.

Turn the vase around, Brian, and that one little flower is no longer defiant; instead, it is pleasant and radiant. A different perspective changes everything.

That change in perspective reminded me of a quote from The Secret Garden: “If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” Isn’t that a lovely way to see our students? It’s a perspective that allows us to see the unique beauty and wonder in each little Island View eagle—every day.

That is the reminder I will carry with me into 2020.

As always, please let me know your questions, concerns, and suggestions. I can be reached at 360-503-1490 or at

Happy New Year!

Brian Hanrahan, Principal

PTA Meeting Jan 8 @ 6 p.m.

Witness magic in the making! Mark your calendars to be 'in the know' and make things happen for your student(s) and our incredible school community.

The January meeting is on Wednesday, Jan 8th at 6 p.m. in the Island View Library.

Class ACT School Play Starts Jan 9


The renown Class ACT team is bringing another superb student experience to the Island View Stage in this year's school play, Movie Mayhem.

Important dates and details: Class ACT program begins Jan 9 for 80 Island View Eagles in grades K-5th.

Free performances of Movie Mayhem:

  • Jan 24 at 10:30 for students and staff only.
  • Jan 24 at 7pm
  • Jan 25 at 2pm

We need LOTS of volunteers to make this program run smoothly, so look for the Sign-Up Genius email on Thursday Jan 9th to provide another amazing experience for our students!!!

This program is 100% funded by our wonderful PTA! Questions?

Jan 13th Room Service Delivery to Island View Staff


Our devoted Island View staff members will enjoy room service delivery of their selected favorite treats on Jan 13.

Our PTA is honored to have the opportunity to say "Thank You!" to the hard-working ISV staff!

2nd PTA Raffle Feb 5th

Join the PTA by Feb 3rd for your chance to win! Current members (who did not win in our first drawing) along with any NEW members will be automatically entered into our LIVE FB drawing happening during the Feb 5th PTA Meeting. Membership is $12 for the 2019-2020 school year, details and online form here.

Prizes include:

  • 4 Movie & 2 Popcorn Tickets to Anacortes Cinemas
  • 2 Tickets to Escape Anacortes
  • Rockfish Bar & Grill: $15 Gift Card
  • Rockfish Bar & Grill: 2 Pint Glasses & 1 Growler

Feb Color Run Planning Mtg


Mark your calendars...20 February, 2020 at 2:30 is when the planning begins for the most talked about, not-to-miss event of the year! The Color Run is our most fun, most memorable, and MESSIEST fundraiser of the year. Get involved in the planning and make this the best run yet!

Thanks for the Tasty Staff Treats!

Check out the assembly line of deliciousness...


Heartfelt gratitude for all those that contributed edibles for the Staff Treat boxes distributed before Winter Break. So many wonderful goodies were enjoyed by each and every staff member, thanks to YOUR generosity!

Island View PTA Wins Award


Washington State PTA Recognizes Island View PTA with Platinum Membership Growth Award

Island View PTA has recently been recognized by Washington State PTA as a Platinum Membership Growth Award recipient! PTAs are presented with this award for enrolling members equaling at least 120% of their previous year’s total membership. That means our PTA is growing! Thank you to everyone who has become a member so far this year: YOU are the reason our PTA achieved this award!

If you haven’t yet signed up for a 2019-2020 PTA membership, please consider joining today! By doing so, you are demonstrating your support for our PTA and all it does for Island View Elementary. You can join here.



  • 6th: First Day of School in 2020
  • 8th: PTA Meeting, 6pm, Island View Library
  • 9th-23rd: Class ACT School Play Rehearsals after school
  • 17th: No School for Students
  • 20th: Martin Luther King Day observed, No School
  • 24th: Half-day, 12:05 Release
  • 24th: School Play Performance, 7pm
  • 25th: School Play Performance, 2pm


  • 3rd: Deadline to join PTA for Raffle eligibility
  • 5th: PTA Meeting, 6pm, Island View Library & LIVE RAFFLE
  • 10th-13th: Conference Week, 12:05 Release
  • 14th: No School
  • 17th: President's Day Observed, No School
  • 20th: Planning meeting for spring 2020 Color Run, 2:30pm